Join Our Team: Creative Development Manager

LeftCoast, Blackpool Ltd is a dynamic arts organisation that delivers the Creative, People and Places programme across Blackpool and Wyre. We have an opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join

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LeftCoast, Blackpool Ltd is a dynamic arts organisation that delivers the Creative, People and Places programme across Blackpool and Wyre.

We have an opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join our team in a unique role as our Creative Development Manager to, primarily, develop, manage and deliver a programme of work in Blackpool and Wyre in which both emerging and established arts practitioners can explore/experiment, develop practice and find new ways to create, support and share great art.

You will lead on the following areas of work:

  • Project management and delivery of the Creative Development Strand within the LeftCoast Programme, including its creative skills development project at Art B&B
  • Procuring, Commissioning and Managing selected artist commissions for both LeftCoast and Art B&B
  • Managing a professional practice programme that supports the development of the arts and cultural sector in Blackpool and Wyre

You will need to have an authentic commitment to collaborative working and a passion for socially-engaged artistic practice to deliver in this unique and exciting role.

If you think this is you download the Creative Development Manager job pack and Application Form

More about LeftCoast

‘Creative People and Places’ is about more people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live. Funded by Arts Council England, there are 21 independent projects based in areas where there are fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.

We create and co-commission a wide range of arts programmes from large-scale spectacle to smaller, bespoke projects in our neighbourhood communities. We also facilitate the professional development of locally based artists and the wider creative sector.

LeftCoast supports all the people involved in our projects to develop a greater sense of well-being and connectivity to the places that they live in. We work with individuals, organisations and whole communities to bring about positive change and improve the quality of life in local areas.

To find out more about LeftCoast visit www.leftcoast.org.uk

More about Art B&B

Additionally, within this role there is the opportunity to procure, commission and manage selected artist commissions for both LeftCoast and A B&B, capitalising on the professional development opportunities (artist talks, work shadowing, local making etc.) that this process will create.

A B&B (The Art Bed and Breakfast) is a culture-focussed community business that is reimagining the nature and purpose of B&B’s in Blackpool for the 21st Century. This will be achieved through commissioning artists to design and change the hotel rooms, communal spaces and certain aspects of its operations. All profits from the A B&B offer will be put back into developing creative opportunities, training and facilities for the communities of the Fylde Coast.

Its aim is to attract new visitors through a creative approach and develop a sustainable economy in order to re-invest in our communities’ creative and cultural futures for the long term.

Find out more at www.artbandb.co.uk

Closing Date: – 12 noon, 30 April 2018

Location: Blackpool

Salary: £28-30,000 dependant on experience

 

 

Left Behind: Call for Proposals

Left Behind is a new programme of commissioned art works that are a direct response to the Financial Times article in December 2017 – ‘Left behind: Can anyone save the towns

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Left Behind is a new programme of commissioned art works that are a direct response to the Financial Times article in December 2017 – Left behind: Can anyone save the towns the economy forgot?’

LeftCoast are commissioning a series of works across art forms that will be presented as a programme throughout 2018.

We would like to commission work that explores the themes highlighted in this article. Work created can be a challenge, a comment, a provocation or an observation, we are not asking for solutions, but how, as artists, are we uniquely placed to frame a different conversation? We welcome proposals for projects of any art form that adds to this conversation. Proposals should in some way reference the personality of the town.

Proposals are welcomed from artists working in any media, working locally, nationally or internationally, ideas will be assessed on quality, relevance and potential.

Please see the full  Left Behind artists brief which outlines the programme and application process in more detail.

Time frame:

We would like these commissions to be completed between April and Dec 2018.

Budget:

We are looking for proposals from £500 to £5000. We will commission a minimum of 4 ideas, but have the potential to commission more.

Deadline:

5pm – Thursday 19 April

Photography Brief: Before I Die

LeftCoast are working with Regenda Housing in Fleetwood and Blackpool Coastal Housing to bring Before I Die – a global community art project that invites people to reflect on their

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LeftCoast are working with Regenda Housing in Fleetwood and Blackpool Coastal Housing to bring Before I Die – a global community art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public.

Before I Die comprises of a ‘wall’ located within the community – the original wall was created on an abandoned house in the artist Candy Chang’s neighbourhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. Since then, passionate people have created walls in their own communities and there are now over 2,000 walls in over 35 languages and over 70 countries, including China, Argentina, Italy, Iraq, Finland, India, Japan, and South Africa. The wall is a positive civic engagement project to help us restore perspective, understand our neighbours in new and enlightening ways, and improve the well-being of our communities. The project has been featured on NBC, CNN, TED, and Oprah Magazine.

Each Before I Die wall is created and maintained by an individual or group of people who are passionate about creating a space for their community to share more with one another, in this case LeftCoast. We are presenting the wall in two communities, Haweside and Flakefleet.

We would like a photographer to document the wall in each location during its four week exhibition period. The nature of the wall is that it will change from day to day. Some days it may be full, some days someone may have wiped it clean or it might rain and wipe everything off.

We require a photographer to visit each wall at different times of the day and days of the week – a minimum of four visits to each wall – to capture the different ways that it is being used.

The photographs will be the only documentation that the wall was ever installed and as such are an important legacy for taking conversation forward and profiling the work in the future.

For more information download the full brief – Before I Die – Photograhers brief FINAL.

Image Credit: Tony Antler, Newport News, USA

 

SpareParts Festival: Programme manager wanted

Do you want to press the accelerator and  help SpareParts power into the future? The SpareParts Programme Manager will have a pivotal role in the growth and development of SpareParts Festival.

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Do you want to press the accelerator and  help SpareParts power into the future? The SpareParts Programme Manager will have a pivotal role in the growth and development of SpareParts Festival.

The role requires energy, initiative and strong organisation skills. It is a great opportunity for an individual to network themselves comprehensively into the Outdoor Arts circuit in the UK and build experience.

If you are passionate about helping to transform the cultural landscape in the North of England this could be the job for you.

Find out more here – SpareParts Festival Programme Manager 2018

Deadline – 5pm,  Friday 23 February

 

 

 

Artist Call out: SpareParts Festival

SpareParts Festival, an arts festival dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion, is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances and artists for their three 2018 festivals. A firm

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SpareParts Festival, an arts festival dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion, is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances and artists for their three 2018 festivals.

A firm favourite on the festival circuit, this year’s locations and dates are as follows:

Sandbach – 22nd April

Crewe – 7th July

Fleetwood – 15th July

If you are interested get a move on and download all the information – SpareParts 2018 Artists’ Brief final.

The brakes will be applied on the deadline of 28th February.

Programme Evaluation – consultant brief and ITT

We are seeking an external consultant with expertise in evaluation and arts engagement to:  Design and implement a whole programme evaluation for LeftCoast  Adopt an outcome focused evaluation methodology

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We are seeking an external consultant with expertise in evaluation and arts engagement to:

  •  Design and implement a whole programme evaluation for LeftCoast
  •  Adopt an outcome focused evaluation methodology
  •  Develop recommendations for LeftCoast’s governance, programming and legacy

LeftCoast is in its second phase of funding from the Arts Council – from October 2016 to October 2019. The evaluation will draw on learning from phase one and deliver a robust methodology for phase two.

If you are interested in this please view the full brief – ITT_FINAL 020218

Deadline: 23 February 2018

Join Our Team: Creative Community Activist

A great opportunity has arisen to join LeftCoast as it’s Creative Community Activist.  LeftCoast supports all the people involved in our projects to develop a greater sense of well-being and

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A great opportunity has arisen to join LeftCoast as it’s Creative Community Activist.  LeftCoast supports all the people involved in our projects to develop a greater sense of well-being and connectivity to the places that they live in. We work with individuals, organisations and whole communities to bring about positive change and improve the quality of life in local areas. For the next two years, we require a highly-motivated and people savvy individual to help deliver a dynamic programme of creative community engagement activity.

If this sounds like you or someone you know please take a look at the Creative Community Activist Job Pack and download the LeftCoast Application Form to apply.

ARTIST BRIEF: Real Estate – Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency

We are seeking applications from artists who work in a socially responsive way who would be interested in relocating to Blackpool or Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency

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We are seeking applications from artists who work in a socially responsive way who would be interested in relocating to Blackpool or Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency on two local housing estates.

The two live/work residency opportunities have been informed and shaped by experiences working across Blackpool and Wyre over the last four years and will be one of our longest interventions to date. They are a direct response to opportunities that have presented themselves, a wide range of partnerships and the potential to become pioneers for change in the area. They are a response to the question we often get asked when a project finishes ‘what happens next?’ They are also an experiment into what happens when artists become part of a community rather than visiting a place.

Please find out more information in the Real Estate Artist Brief.

Closing date: 5pm Tuesday 20 February

Real Estate – Expressions of Interest Call Out

Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency We are looking to hear from artists who work in a socially responsive way that may be interested in relocating to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for

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Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency

We are looking to hear from artists who work in a socially responsive way that may be interested in relocating to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency on a local housing estate.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from artists who would like to be on a mailing list when we release a full brief early next year. We are particularly interested to hear from artists who engage with people and place at the core of their practice. There will be specific themes that arise when the full artists brief is released next year, but we see the artists as taking on part of the identity of the estate wardens that used to live on social housing estates. We want the artists not just to work with community but be part of the community.

We are currently planning the first two residencies (there is potential for this to rise to four dependent on funding outcomes), in two different areas which have similar but distinct identities.

One artist residency will be located in Haweside, a social housing estate in Blackpool managed by Blackpool Costal Housing, a town with a unique identity known for its transient communities. Located not far from the lights and thrills of the Golden Mile, this estate shows a different side of Blackpool, where real people and their families make their homes. Not an easy place to make inroads, there are very few community assets such as libraries or children’s centres, however once you get to know the people there is a wealth of stories, hopes and ideas to work with.

One artist residency will be located in Flakefleet, a social housing estate in Fleetwood managed by Regenda. Fleetwood is 9 miles down the coast from Blackpool, a town with a strong heritage within the fishing industry that has seen a decline in recent years. The Flakefleet estate has more community assets than Haweside such as a school and a parade of shops. Again it’s an area with a rich history and families with a long connection to place.

Over the past two months we have been piloting programmes of work on the two estates through hands on making and sharing sessions that have been popping up in unusual spaces. Through this process we have been meeting people in the communities, talking about what’s important on their estate and generally getting a feel for the personalities of the locations. Through this process we are establishing welcome committees for the artists in residence to help them settle in.

Key points to consider:

  • The chosen artists will be required to relocate to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for the year of the residency
  • We are open to interest from family groups or artists that work in collaboration
  • Artists will be offered accommodation, artist fee and production budget
  • Artists will be commissioned by LeftCoast but will need to work in partnership with our partner organisations

To express your interest and be added to a mailing list for the full brief, please send:

  1. Your email address and contact details
  2. A short paragraph as to why you are interested – with links to relevant past work
  3. A link to your website

Contact: Laura Jamieson, Creative Engagement Manager – laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk

 

 

 

Film Commission Opportunity

Left Coast is looking to commission a film maker to make a series of short films both documenting and in one case creating the final outcome of 3 locally based

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Left Coast is looking to commission a film maker to make a series of short films both documenting and in one case creating the final outcome of 3 locally based artist projects we have commissioned on the theme of loneliness.

Background & Brief

LeftCoast have commissioned 3 locally based artists to create new artworks on the theme of loneliness.

The artists selected are all taking very different approaches to that theme and therefore will all require a different documentation approach to capture the outcomes of their work.

  1. Skool of Street will make a dance piece that follows the journey of a single lonely girl living in Blackpool as she traverses the town and expresses her loneliness through dance – in particular the dance style of Krump, exploring the contrasting images of the busy seaside resort bustling with so many people and the place we know where it is so easy to feel isolated and alone in a crowd.
  2. Buzz Bury, will work with a group of volunteers who have travelled from all over the world to work at the Streetlife charity which works with young homeless people in the Town. Buzz will explore ideas around the loneliness of arrival in a new place where people and language is unfamiliar. The project will involve workshop activities with participant volunteers and a final outcome of a temporary beach installation of written phrases and words collected from the participants and washed away by the tide.
  3. Tina Dempsey will explore words of hope and affirmation, working with communities and groups affected by loneliness to write postcards to other people suffering the same, and passing on thoughts about ways to feel better and connect, phrases to build hope and feel less alone. These postcards will be exhibited at locations throughout the town and in window based vinyl art works.

Our vision is to work with 1 film maker or film company to capture all 3 projects and create 3 distinctive short films that still hang together as a collection and can be viewed together or separately.

In particular the Skool of Street project was envisaged as a dance film, so the filmic element is particularly important in the final realisation/outcome of the work. Buzz’s piece also had a film element in the capturing of the final beach installation, documenting its creation and ultimate destruction by the sea, which he hoped to realise using a drone camera.

We want add a professional support strand as part of our LeftCoast Studio scheme, by connecting the commissioned film maker with a less experienced person, looking to gain professional experience in this area. This will provide some additional hands on support to the delivery of the project, but would require a degree of mentoring and support from our commissioned practitioner.

We are keen to work with a locally based film maker, who can respond to each of these 3 projects and offer some professional development support as outlined.

Timelines

Timelines for delivery of this project will begin in winter 2017 and continue until summer 2018.

The final films should be available by end June 2018.

Applications

Please send us an expression of interest that includes:

  • What interests you about this commission & why you feel you are the right person/organisation for the commission? (500 words)
  • Your CV
  • Links to your film show reel – with suggestions of previous projects that you think are relevant to this commission.
  • Cost breakdown – see below.
  • to jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk

Timeframe

  • Closing date for applications is Weds 25th October at 5pm
  • Interviews are to be held in November

Budget

There as a budget of up to £1500 for this film commission. This needs to include all costs, fees, materials and travel.

Please provide a breakdown of your costs and how you would utilise the available budget as part of your application.

Contact

Any further questions can be sent to LeftCoast Creative Development Manager, Jenny Rutter jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk  tel: 01253 477973.

Larkholme Grasslands – Student Engagement Workshops Opportunity

Wyre Borough Council Arts Service are looking for a poetry/creative writing artist and creative artist to carry out workshops with the students of Larkholme Primary.  Their vision is to create a new ‘mythic

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Wyre Borough Council Arts Service are looking for a poetry/creative writing artist and creative artist to carry out workshops with the students of Larkholme Primary. 

Their vision is to create a new ‘mythic coast’ narrative for Larkholme Grasslands. For more information on the Mythic Coast Artwork Trail please click HERE.

Artist Stephen Broadbent together with a local author or poet and the ranger service will undertake workshops with local students to create a poem or story which can then be translated into the environment of the park. Text will then be carved inlayed or coated into seats, bridges, walls, wind shelters etc. The narrative will help tie the project into the Mythic Coast, allowing a new story to be heard for this unique place.

Stephen is intrigued by the simple notion that if you ‘build a habitat they will come’ – can this green space become a good home to a diverse and interdependent range of marine species? Can the complexity be created? Is it as simple as building houses or are we in fact more than simply our homes?

The challenge to the community is to think about how we can build and maintain a safe place not just for our homes but the wider maritime eco-system.

This new public space is going to be a valuable asset to the local community and it is key that the younger population can become engaged with both the importance of this space, as a recreation facility and also as a place of ecological significance.

It will take many years for Larkholme Grasslands to become the rich environment we all envisage, so during this time of growth it is important to start marking these important stages of environmental development and keep re-telling it’s ‘story’.

This opportunity will entail working together with the students at Larkholme Primary School, Wyre Countryside Rangers and Arts team, other local artists, poets and film-makers. A diverse engagement process is to be developed to embed the narrative within the community through workshops held at the school.

It is hoped that the immediate workshops with the students can produce work that can be integrated into the fabric of the landscape – a narrative text can be carved or inlayed into seats, bridges & wind-shelters.   The narrative will help tie the project into the Mythic Coast, allowing a new story to be heard for this unique place.

Students can also help to determine those special species which are to be depicted within the imagery on the large entrance ‘grasses’, or carved into the various timber structures.

It’s important for the young people to have a sense of ownership of this new space and integrating their work within the hard landscaping can go a long way to start this process.

Possible First Year Events

Poetry / narrative sessions

Documenting the creation of the environment

Understanding the plant and wildlife through research, drawings, talks etc

Species count

Time Frame

Narrative – November 2017

Species for integrated artworks November 2017

Fee
1 day workshop at £250 per artist
Materials will be provided

If you are interested in this opportunity please submit a short proposal with examples of your illustrative work or creative writing by Wednesday 20th September 2017 to rebecca.thornton@wyre.gov.uk

Art B&B Associate Artist scheme

We are looking for locally based artists to be part of the new Art B&B Associate Artist programme, who want to develop their professional arts practice/careers, by developing work within

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We are looking for locally based artists to be part of the new Art B&B Associate Artist programme, who want to develop their professional arts practice/careers, by developing work within the context of our ground breaking and exciting Art B&B.

The first phase of associate artist placements will take place during the renovation and opening phase of the project. So it’s a great opportunity for artists who want to get involved at the early stages of our development and create work that can help inform and shape the programme as it emerges.

Becoming an Art B&B Associate artist does not mean that we expect all of your practice to focus on the Art B&B project all of the time. Rather that you work alongside us and are able to integrate & build on your existing practice through the opportunities provided.

The Art B&B Associate Artist scheme aims to:

  • Connect more people with Arts & Culture
  • Explore alternative spaces for art to exist
  • Develop the artistic talent on our doorstep
  • Promote artist profiles within a critically engaged national context
  • Reward ambitious, risk taking practice and approaches to making art

Successful applicants will benefit from 18 months of benefits including:

  • Mentoring & 1 to 1 guidance and support from the LeftCoast and Art B&B team
  • Peer Group development sessions
  • Connections to and opportunities to work alongside established Art B&B commissioned artists
  • Access to a collaborative workspace and initial exhibition opportunities at our partner venue Abingdon Studios
  • A £1000 Express Professional Development grant that can be spent on a personalised programme of courses, conferences, travel to exhibitions and events, and meeting the people who can really help you develop your ideas and practice.
  • Up to £2000 towards match funding to allow you to bid for an Arts Council G4A grant to realise some of your project ideas.
  • Space to exhibit the outcomes of your activity within the Art B&B ongoing programme of activity, once the building is open.

This is an interdisciplinary opportunity, and artists working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. We want to see evidence of a pro-active working practice, recent exhibitions, projects, performances and work in development etc.

If you are an artist who is actively working in their field of practice, and can demonstrate a desire to make artistic practice their full time occupation. Please see our guidelines –  A B&B Associate Artist Scheme Guidelines

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